Friday, January 30, 2009

Announcing Her Arrival

It's a Girl!!! My friend's daughter had her baby via c-section yesterday. All is well with Mom and Baby.
1/29/09 - 2:25pm - 6lb 15oz - 20"long

Here is me holding her last night around 7pm. She is absolutely precious. Hubby came up to the hospital yesterday too. We took one look at her and of course I held her and we agreed, we can't wait to have one of our own :)

Monday, January 26, 2009

New Stampin' Space

Okay, I finally finished it. My new stampin' space. I have several before and after pics to help show the transformation. YaY! I can't wait to use my new space :)
Excuse the mess in the before pictures. I cleaned everything out from underneath the bed, then realized I hadn't photo'd the before yet. You will have to pardon my rambling, but I'm gonna explain as we go along. So here we go...a tour of my guest bedroom/stampin' space.

Uugh - the before :(

This pic taken standing at the bedroom door...
Also standing at the bedroom door facing the closet door seen at the right in the pic...
Standing at the dresser in the opposite corner of the bedroom door...
And finally, the computer armoire being used for candle storage (I know what you are thinking, but remember I used to sell candles)...

Aahh - the after :)
Standing at the bedroom door...
Standing at the closet door...
Fabric purchased to coordinate with the existing bedding...
The new shelf installed in the corner by the closet door...
Slow progression to completely filled - the top is all my stamps (3 containers - yikes) and ink pads; the second shelf is photo storage boxes that I use for completed projects and supplies like post it clip boards, post it binders, cuttlebug dies and accessories; third shelf is 12x12 organizers - the two stacked on each other have SU! dspapers and Holiday paper packs all sorted by the holiday and the other 12x12 organizer has 2 drawers of punches and 1 drawer with B.I.A. supplies; the bottom shelf is all paper - the left container all SU! color family paper and the container on the right is 12x12 cardstock and designer papers from HL and Michaels.
The armoire - my new stampin' space...
An up close look - top left shelf is my large tools (sticker maker, bind it all, crop o dile, cuttlebug); top right shelf is the forget me not keeper from Jennifer's 2 part class; middle right shelf is glue dots, stampin' scrub and simply scrappin' card kit; bottom right area is a small drawer organizer complete with labels (this is where my obsessive compulsive from my photo survey post factors in) which is storage for adhesives, dimensionals, hardware, sanding blocks, and other quick access items; of course you can also see all of my cutting tools on the right; the center section has a holder for scissors, pliers, random markers and glitter pens and my magnet board covered with fabric to match the bedding.
The bottom half of the armoire - the trash can fits perfectly where the cpu should go, the printer area stores my sharpie markers, brads & eyelets, my slice and its accessories and my travel scrappin' bag.
I attached cork board squares to the doors and covered them with coordinating fabric.
The file drawer stores my project supplies like card envelopes, coasters and notepads.

I am very pleased with my transformation completed in less than 2 days. Now, I am tired!

Friday, January 23, 2009

KWCI Challenge #17 & 18 and the Weekend

These two challenge cards I actually made when the challenge was taking place - both simple sharing some of the same design elements.

#17 - Rose Red, Regal Rose, Sage Shadow, Whisper White
#18 - Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Rose Red, Green Galore
Now onto my weekend plans -
On Saturday Jennifer is hosting a Southern Living at HOME party for me and on Sunday a lady I met at Jennifer's Forget Me Not Keeper class is hosting one. YaY! Two in one weekend...I am excited :) Before and after these parties, I am working on my stampin' space. Thanks, Emily, for the inspiration to tackle this project. You can check out Emily's stampin' space here. I'll post pics of the before and after next week. Have a great weekend everyone!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

In Honor of my Little Brother

This is a long post, but good news - its almost all pictures. I thought I would do a little tribute to my younger brother (now 27) who has fulfilled his enlistment in the United States Air Force. He started his basic training 5 years ago in San Antonio, Texas followed by technical training in Wichita Falls, Texas and Mississippi and has been living in Italy for the past 4 years. He deployed to Iraq twice, has been married and divorced, seen some amazing places and lost his best friend. The little picture show as I'm going to call it has a few captions to help tell his story.

Little Brother - We are so glad you are home safe and appreciate your service to our beautiful country that we all take for granted. We love you!!!
2 tours to Iraq --
One of his visits home at Thanksgiving - pictured here with our mom, lil sis, sis' boyfriend now husband and my bro's fiancee shortly after wife --
The wife that divorced him two months after they were married while he was in Iraq for his second tour --
His best friend's tragic passing as a result of an accident while a passenger in a Black Hawk --
His new truck
His amazing travels - Paris, Germany, Venice and many more --
His new love
and her child (also the daughter of the above mentioned best friend) and bro's Goddaughter; he is amazing with her --

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

KWCI Challenge #15 & 16

Here they are - the next two for the challenges. I really like the color combo on both of these. I used an idea from Jennifer's stamp camp card from the summer of 2008 for #16.

#15 - Chocoloate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Really Rust, Certainly Celery, Whisper White

#16 - Certainly Celery, Pumpkin Pie, Soft Sky, Very Vanilla

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Photo Survey

My sister and some of her friends have been doing this survey on their myspace pages and I thought it might be fun. It is time consuming to complete because of all the pics, but it was worth it. Feel free to play along!

1. The age I will be on my next birthday
2. A place I would like to travel
3. My favorite place4. My favorite object
5. My favorite food6. My favorite animal

7. My favorite color
8. The town where I was born

9. The town where I live

10. My screen name
11. My middle name

12. A bad habit

ob-ses-sive - com-pul-sive 
of or pertaining to a personality style characterized by perfectionism, indecision, conscientiousness, concern with detail, rigidity, and inhibition.

13. My first job

14. My favorite magazines

15. A pet peeve
16. My dream car

17. My dream job